Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light pumpkin nose. Flavor is almost pumpkin pie, the hops are balancing the sweetness. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.
10-16-2009 22:48:22 | More by jdhilt
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head. Despite the Hunter Safety Orange colored label this is nowhere close to that color orange.
Smells sweet and spicy with Pumpkin Pie spice and vanilla being strongest. I can smell the pumpkin but not all that strong.
Starts out sweet and spicy with a taste that is pretty close to pumpkin pie. Spicy with a little more herbal bitters than I would have expected. Alcohol level does a good job of releasing the spice essence. Tastes almost like pumpkin pie but not quite.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall a tasty beer. Might try again at Thanksgiving.
09-03-2011 01:29:34 | More by Zorro
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.
Pours a very nice clean/clear copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some cinnamon, and nutmeg. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of cinnamon/nutmeg notes. Medium body. Drinkable, enjoying this one this afternoon.
03-20-2010 20:46:33 | More by Wasatch
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but likely to be from this years batch. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, clove, caramel, nutmeg, toast, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and light pepper. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, toast, ginger, allspice, biscuit, caramel, and light herbal. Light spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, toast, biscuit, allspice, caramel, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with good malt/spice complexity; zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. This wasn’t as robust in flavor as I was expecting for a 9% beer, but it was good enough. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial pumpkin ale. Nice spice and malt flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.
12-09-2012 06:07:08 | More by superspak
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
Only great things can be said about this beer's sleek, chilly, immaculate orange coloured body. Holding the glass makes the hand awash in enough bright radiance to make even a stained glass window jealous. And although no head sticks around, the way these bubbles run around I'd worry about being sued by the estate of Benny Hill.
The bouquet is only moderate on the pumpkin pie spicing, which can be either a good or a bad thing depending on your preference. A fair bit of the gourd is perceived too. Largely, however, the aroma shares the same grainy malt and earthy hops as many an English ales. While plainly pumpkin-y, it should not be too unfamiliar.
Pumpkin ales can range in taste from potpourri (too much spice) to plain old pumpkin flesh (not enough spice) to pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream (just right). Shipyard's version is seasoned appropriately but strong alcohol vapors intensify the spice and with nowhere near enough body to emulate pie crusts, it comes off a little too perfumy.
The beer has that wonderful quality of being at once sweet, savory, and spicy. Largely this can be attributed to the nutmeg which, like vanilla, can be a little bit of all those things. The malts help with the sweetness, mind you, and the hops assist the pumpkin in adding earthy spice. Alcohol also adds a bit of spice, but a less desirable kind.
If not for the high alcohol, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin would be a good example of the style for people to cut their teeth on. What it lacks a little in character it makes up for in drinkability; what it lacks in malt it makes up for in spicing. In other words, it's a serviceable ale that might disappoint aficionados but will very much appeal to newbies out there.
10-28-2011 18:00:11 | More by biegaman
3.79/5 rDev +1.3%
On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.
Poured a shiny brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.
The smell was akin to gingerbread.
The taste consisted of an earthy sweetness, with waves of nutmeg and ginger.
The mouthfeel was full and chewy.
Overall a pretty nice imperial pumpkin.
05-16-2013 23:04:59 | More by plaid75
3.3/5 rDev -11.8%
A: Poured a pumpkin orange with a brillant clarity. The head was thin and fizzy, and quickly dissipated to a polished surface. The initial carbonation was feverishly strong lining the glass walls with a showering display of macro-bubbles. The effervesce quickly quieted down to a medium showing of broken streams of micro bubbles.
S: The nose was sweet with toasted grains and toasted pumpkins. There was a fruitiness of fresh cherries but unfortunately I failed to pick up any pumpkin spicing. A light showing overall.
T: The flavor opens up with a sharp, dry but sweetly toasted offering of munich and toasted pumpkins. The spicing shows up in the way of cinnamon sticks, cloves along with a fruitiness of ripe apples. There is bit of alcohol spicing and warming on the finish composed of warm apples and cherry bombs (alcohol soaked cherries) and pears. Overall the flavor was generally good with a soft spicing and a moderatly evident display of alcohol warming but offered little in the way of pumpkin spicing.
M: medium bodied with a nice slick and oily texture that was soft and smooth on the tongue due to an easy carbonation. A dry alcohol warming is evident on the swallow.
D: The alcohol hinders things a bit drinkability-wise. A slow sipper best served in a chalice while splitting a bomber with a friend. Not terribly exciting.
12-10-2009 23:56:52 | More by beerthulhu
3.43/5 rDev -8.3%
22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.
Pours a hazy dark orange, some amber highlights, medium sized slightly off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks alright.
Smell is interesting, pretty spicy, a bit of sour fruit, some honey, peach, nutmeg, lots of ginger, a bit of pumpkin, orange juice/peel, very interesting sweetness, like candied ginger, pretty neat but weird.
Taste is similar, quite sweet, more candied ginger, honey, green tea, nutmeg, somewhat sugary, apple sauce, a touch of pineapple, quite spicy, biscuit, caramel, a bit sweet and spicy in the finish, big cinnamon aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit of warmth but pretty smooth. Pretty interesting take but not my style. Thanks Russ!
08-03-2010 01:34:19 | More by Viggo
4/5 rDev +7%
Pours a copper amber with 1/4" of light foamy head. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree. Taste is mild; pumpkin shines here with subtle nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Very good balance and very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth. The alcohol shows up as the beer warms adding warmth and doesn't detract from the overall flavor.
This is a pretty solid pumpkin beer. Probably one of the better ones on the market.
09-24-2011 20:31:40 | More by tdm168
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a very appropriate orange color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer. The thin head all but disappeared pretty quickly though.
I get a good dose of cinnamon and nutmeg to the aroma at first. I get some sweeter, malty, canned pumpkin flavors to it as well. The canned pumpkin flavor is pretty nice for the style, it gives it a smooth, sweetness and helps cut through the spices. I thought it had a very good aroma for the style.
The taste shows a little more of the sweeter, canned pumpkin, malty flavors to it up front. Midway the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove start to come out and intensify as you get to the finish. I get a little alcohol heat in the finish as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being low. overall it was a pretty good pumpkin beer. The spices seemed a little strong at times, but still pretty tasty overall. I liked it a lot better then their pumpkinhead one, but not nearly as much as say Pumking. Solid pumpkin offering I'd be happy to but again for the season.
09-09-2011 23:57:39 | More by billab914
3.94/5 rDev +5.3%
22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter at about 55F.
A: Poured, appropriately, a color close to pumpkin orange, but more amber; clear with a modest head. The head quickly reduced to a thin partial coat and ring.
Aroma: Sweet, fruity and lightly spicy with roasted winter squash, alcohol esters, and cooked cherries. Subtle "pumpkin" spicing seemed almost entirely cinnamon. Attractive.
T: Cooked pumpkin, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg. Lightly sweet with the fruitiness of ripe apples and cooked cherries. Some spiciness from the alcohol and,
Feel: medium bodied; slick and smooth feel; alcohol imparts warming and slight astringency on the tongue.
O: a refined pumpkin ale with partially hidden alcohol and subtle spicing. Recommended.
03-28-2014 23:55:23 | More by chinchill
4.5/5 rDev +20.3%
Heh, I hope Billy Corgan doesn't go after Shipyard for the name of this beer.
Pours a nice orange-copper color with a two-finger head into my fluted glass. Looks very nice and full of ample carbonation.
Taste is chock full of strong nutmeg and pumpkin flavors with a mildly sweet, buttery malt background. Alcohol feels well-hidden.
Mouthfeel is very good as well. Warming. The flavors of nutmeg and pumpkin linger. Carbonation feels just right. Alcohol warmth is minimal.
Very nicely done and kind of like the big brother to Pumpkinhead. It just feels deceptively drinkable and delicious. I'm usually not a fan of half-hearted pumpkin ales but this stands out in a good way. Pick it up!
09-18-2009 23:14:58 | More by Brad007
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazed, orange-yellow coloring with a fairly substantial, two inch, white, foamy head that quickly settles into a thin, low profile head. The nose is a complex blend of wheat and slight citrus sweetness, with pumpkin and spice highlights. The spice nose is heavy in cinnamon when you get down in there, and even more so as the beer warms. Flavors are toasted grain and bready background, with the cinnamon present again. Also, some nutmeg spicing that helps to balance the pumpkin richness that finds its way onto the palate mid-way through the taste. The rich flavors stay through the aftertaste, but the beer remains light bodied, which keeps it from being overpowering. Very decent cling to the glass. The finish is quick and clean, and the increased ABV doesn't really present itself past the body/mouthfeel. Very tasty, interesting brew. The label recommends mixing with Blue Fin, which is their stout. I think that may be worth a try...
09-20-2011 01:39:47 | More by GarthDanielson
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
22oz bomber, scooped at city-wide in south bend...thought i had read this was good but clearly was confused
appearance: served in an unmarked chalice, rather light orange-straw body, light beige ring
smell: aromas are primarily spice - cinnamon and nutmeg, fresh apple
taste: not overly pumpkin-y, similarities can be drawn to a spiced apple cider. there are a number of spices that come through strong - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin seed. an OK beer - a little pedestrian
mouthfeel: smooth body, lots of spice
drinkability: pretty good
11-15-2009 02:25:39 | More by dirtylou
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
Shared this one with my fiance.
Clear morning sunhsine amber/copper color. Quick head, little foam, but good bubbling.
Clean pumpkin, nutmeg, cardamon, combined with light atringent hopping and a high abv., make for a balanced but mostly pumkiny smelling brew.
Taste is a clear and clean pumkin skin and meat with pumkin pie spices and a little caramel. The middle warms up the pumkin flavor and showas off some toasted, bready caramel malts. The finish is smooth, warm, and atringent. The 9% abv. leaves a little twinge to the palate on the finish and linger.
10-23-2011 12:37:01 | More by scruffwhor
3.94/5 rDev +5.3%
22 oz twist-off bottle poured into a snifter.
9%ABV, 1.088 OG
A - Hazed through and through, this bright orange beer is briefly topped by a loose ivory head that sinks to a ring of bubbles below specks of lacing.
S - Sticky caramel malt sweetness and grainy pale malt overlap the tame roasted pumpkin aroma, but nutmeg spice fills in the gaps for a round and sweet fall beer aroma that ends with a trailing fruit note from the alcohol.
T - The beers rather shy aroma (especially regarding it's ABV) is deceptive, for this beer is quite potent in flavor, not afraid to burst fourth with roasted pumpkin and spice. The spice blend here is different from most though, as it seems to focus a little more on clove and nutmeg, forsaking cinnamon and allspice. Delicate European hops do their best to balance the tall order of sweet caramel and bready malts that really collect along the finish.
M - Wheat malt contributes a wonderful smoothness to the body of this high octane pumpkin beer that encourages easier drinkability despite the elevated level of sweetness. Warming alcohol caresses the throat on the finish, really pairing wonderfully with the pumpkin and spice notes for a fall beer finish.
O - Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin starts with a somewhat weak aroma but quickly becomes rather boastful in flavor and feel, bringing smoothness and sweetness together with pumpkin and spice for a hefty cool fall day brew.
08-28-2013 13:00:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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